Researcher Database

Shinobu Suzuki
Research Faculty of Media and Communication Media and Communication Language and Communication
Professor

Researcher Profile and Settings

Affiliation

  • Research Faculty of Media and Communication Media and Communication Language and Communication

Job Title

  • Professor

J-Global ID

Research Interests

  • 議論の構造   異文化コミュニケーション   コミュニケーション   異文化コミュニケーシ   

Research Areas

  • Humanities & social sciences / Foreign language education

Academic & Professional Experience

  • 2014/04 - Today Hokkaido University
  • 2008 - 2014/03 Hokkaido University

Association Memberships

  • SOCIETY FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION TRAINING AND RESEARCH IN JAPAN   National Communication Association   International Communication Association   THE COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION OF JAPAN   

Research Activities

Published Papers

  • A cross-cultural comparison of argument structures: Korea, Japan, and the United States
    Shinobu Suzuki
    Journal of Intercultural Communication 21 (1) 39 - 53 2018/05 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • An elaboration likelihood explanation for structures of written arguments on a controversial issue
    Shinobu Suzuki
    Japanese Journal of Communication Studies 46 (1) 5 - 22 2017/05 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • Shinobu Suzuki
    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INTERCULTURAL RELATIONS 37 (5) 579 - 593 0147-1767 2013/09 [Refereed][Not invited]
     
    This study examines changes in organizational cultures of Japanese and US corporations between 1998 and 2008 through the lens of communication. Specifically, it analyzes organizational values that are manifest in the use of specific terms in the texts of corporate annual reports (N = 255). By doing so, this study empirically determines the patterns that describe over-time changes in organizational cultures of Japanese and US corporations. Theoretically, this study investigates whether the basic premise of the theory of convergence is applicable to the study of organizational culture change. To that end, three dimensions of organizational values performance, continuity, and growth have been derived. To test the hypotheses and the research question offered, this study examines the effects of time in years, national culture, and the interaction between the two on the three value dimensions. Using linear growth model analysis, this study found that time and national culture had significant effects on the use of the terms related to the performance and continuity dimensions. The effects were not significant for the growth dimension. In none of the cases, the interaction effects between time and national culture were significant. The results provided evidence to support the parallel change pattern for the performance and continuity dimensions and the unitary stability pattern for the growth dimension. The findings partially support the premise of the theory of convergence. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Shinobu Suzuki
    WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 28 (4) 380 - 402 0741-0883 2011/10 [Refereed][Not invited]
     
    This study examines how Japanese students perceive the qualities of written arguments that were constructed to have different forms. Based on the theoretical dimensions of verbal communication styles that Gudykunst and Ting-Toomey (1988) proposed, the research questions asked whether the respondents would perceive direct arguments to be of higher quality than indirect arguments. They also asked whether they would perceive elaborate arguments to be of higher quality than succinct arguments. Japanese college students voluntarily responded to a questionnaire. The results revealed that they gave higher ratings to direct arguments than to indirect arguments for both of the two indicators, and higher ratings to elaborate arguments than to succinct arguments for two indicators out of the three. The results were discussed and implications were offered.
  • Shinobu Suzuki
    Communication Quarterly 59 (1) 123 - 143 0146-3373 2011/01 [Refereed][Not invited]
     
    This study examines how an individual's argumentative communication traits and involvement, a situational factor, account for the way the individual structures his or her written argument. Research questions were posited to ask which of the 3 models- the Interaction Model, the Mediation Model, and the Simple Main Effects Model-best predicts the use of macro- and micro-structures of written argument. Logistic and multiple regression analyses were conducted to analyze 229 usable responses collected from Japanese college students. The results revealed that the Mediation Model and the Simple Main Effects Model are viable models. Argumentative traits and involvement interrelate to explain argument structures, revealing a somewhat complex but interpretable mechanism. © 2011 Eastern Communication Association.
  • Shinobu Suzuki
    INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INTERCULTURAL RELATIONS 34 (6) 651 - 660 0147-1767 2010/11 [Refereed][Not invited]
     
    Studying cultural differences in argument forms helps us understand the nature of communicative problems that inevitably arise in intercultural conflict and negotiation. Although a number of studies have been conducted in the past to examine cultural differences in arguments, we still do not have sufficient evidence to support that cultural groups actually differ in the manners in which they construct arguments. Given the situation, this study empirically examines whether and how cultural groups differ in forms of written arguments. Based on the theoretical framework of verbal communication styles proposed by Gudykunst and Ting-Toomey, this study employs two dimensions along which two cultural groups, Japan and the United States, are likely to differ: direct-indirect and elaborate-succinct. Five indicators of argument forms that represent values on either of the two dimensions are used to analyze differences in argument forms between the two cultural groups. A survey was conducted in Japan and the United States. A total of 329 responses from college students, including 239 from Japan and 90 from the United States, were analyzed to test the hypotheses offered in this study. Consistent with the hypotheses, results indicate that the arguments written by the Japanese respondents are significantly more indirect and succinct those written by the U.S. counterparts. The implications of these findings for future research are discussed. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • In-group and out-group communication patterns in international organizations: Implications for social identity theory
    Shinobu Suzuki
    Communication Research 25 152 - 182 1998 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • Cultural transmission in international organizations - Impact of interpersonal communication patterns in intergroup contexts
    S Suzuki
    HUMAN COMMUNICATION RESEARCH 24 (1) 147 - 180 0360-3989 1997/09 [Refereed][Not invited]
     
    This study examined how organizational cultures are transmitted and maintained through interactions among organizational members across intergroup boundaries. The major hypothesis of interest was that the fetal number of individuals' out-group communication net work links predicts the degree of individual-out-group transmission of work-related values and beliefs. The research design involved a survey of workers in international organizations with bicultural workforces (U.S. and Japanese). A total of 118 responses were submitted to a series of multiple regression analyses. The results provided evidence to support the relationship between communication and cultural transmission. Theoretically, it addressed two issues that have not been dealt with in social influence theories. First, it identified different types of social influence: agreement, accuracy, and congruency derived from the coorientation model. Second, it identified specific conditions under which social influence takes place by examining relational proximity in three different types of networks.
  • ARGUMENTATIVENESS AND VERBAL AGGRESSIVENESS - TESTING FOR CONCEPTUAL AND MEASUREMENT EQUIVALENCE ACROSS CULTURES
    S SUZUKI, AS RANCER
    COMMUNICATION MONOGRAPHS 61 (3) 256 - 279 0363-7751 1994/09 [Refereed][Not invited]
     
    Research in the United States has identified argumentativeness and verbal aggressiveness as, respectively, constructive and counterproductive forms of communication predispositions. The present study tests the conceptual equivalence of the two constructs and the measurement equivalence of the Argumentativeness Scale (Infante & Rancer, 1982) and the Verbal Aggressiveness Scale (Infante & Wigley, 1986) across cultures. College students from the United States (N = 755) and Japan (N = 716) responded to a questionnaire. The results indicated that: (a) the two-factor solution of the Argumentativeness Scale and the Verbal Aggressiveness Scale was a reasonable overall fit to both samples, with some culture-specific unreliable items; (b) orthogonality of the two constructs held for both samples; (c) the factor structures (factor loading patterns and factor variance-covariance structures) of the two scales were partially variant across the samples; and (d) the two scales had satisfactory construct validity for the Japanese sample. Implications for research on aggressive communication in connection with Hall's (1981) theory of cultural variation, cross-cultural conflict management, and measurement in cross-cultural communication research are discussed.

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Educational Activities

Teaching Experience

  • Topics in Language and Communication
    開講年度 : 2018
    課程区分 : 修士課程
    開講学部 : 国際広報メディア・観光学院
    キーワード : 生成文法、日本語のバリエーション、日本語の音声、コミュニケーション学、質的研究方法論
  • Special Seminar II
    開講年度 : 2018
    課程区分 : 修士課程
    開講学部 : 国際広報メディア・観光学院
    キーワード : 言語学、言語教育学、英語教育、日本語教育
  • Introduction to Language and Communication
    開講年度 : 2018
    課程区分 : 修士課程
    開講学部 : 国際広報メディア・観光学院
    キーワード : コミュニケーション、カテゴリー、母語習得、第二言語習得、言語学習、テクノロジー、批判理論、自然言語処理
  • Communication Studies
    開講年度 : 2018
    課程区分 : 修士課程
    開講学部 : 国際広報メディア・観光学院
    キーワード : コミュニケーション学、研究法
  • English III
    開講年度 : 2018
    課程区分 : 学士課程
    開講学部 : 全学教育
  • English Seminar
    開講年度 : 2018
    課程区分 : 学士課程
    開講学部 : 全学教育
  • English II
    開講年度 : 2018
    課程区分 : 学士課程
    開講学部 : 全学教育
    キーワード : ◆ required course, 必修科目, English language, 英語, online learning, オンライン学習, TOEFL-ITP, WebTube, Glexa


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